Unai Emery

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Unai Emery
Unai Emery 2012.jpg
Emery with Spartak Moscow
Personal information
Full name Unai Emery Etxegoien
Date of birth (1971-11-03) 3 November 1971 (age 43)
Place of birth Hondarribia, Spain
Height 1.81 m (5 ft 11 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Sevilla (coach)
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1990–1995 Real Sociedad B 40 (2)
1995–1996 Real Sociedad 5 (1)
1996–2000 Toledo 126 (2)
2000–2002 Racing Ferrol 61 (7)
2002–2003 Leganés 28 (0)
2003–2004 Lorca Deportiva 30 (1)
Total 290 (13)
Teams managed
2004–2006 Lorca Deportiva
2006–2008 Almería
2008–2012 Valencia
2012 Spartak Moscow
2013– Sevilla

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

† Appearances (Goals).
This name uses Spanish naming customs: the first or paternal family name is Emery and the second or maternal family name is Etxegoien.

Unai Emery Etxegoien (Spanish pronunciation: [uˈnai ˈemeɾi]; born 3 November 1971) is a Spanish football manager, currently in charge of Sevilla FC.

During his playing days, spent almost exclusively in Segunda División – 215 matches in seven years – he played as a left midfielder. He subsequently embarked on a managerial career, spending several seasons in La Liga with Valencia, where he led the team to several third-place finishes.

In 2013 Emery signed with Sevilla, taking the club to consecutive Europa League victories.

Playing career[edit]

Born in Hondarribia, Gipuzkoa, Emery was a youth graduate of Real Sociedad, but never really broke into the first team (aged 24 he appeared in five La Liga games, scoring against Albacete Balompié in an 8–1 home win[1]). After that, he resumed his career mostly in Segunda División.

Emery retired with Lorca Deportiva CF at the age of 32, after one season in Segunda División B.

Managerial career[edit]

Lorca and Almería[edit]

As he was seriously injured in the knee while at Lorca in the 2004–05 season, Emery was offered the vacant manager position by the club president, and immediately helped it achieve promotion to the second division for the first time in its history,[2] while beating top level side Málaga CF in the Copa del Rey.

In his second season, the Murcian club's first ever in the second level, the team finished fifth with 69 points, only five points off promotion to the top flight.[3] It suffered relegation the following campaign, after the manager's departure.

Emery then moved to UD Almería in division two,[4] and again helped his squads overachieve: after guiding to a first ever promotion in 2007,[5] the Andalusian side finished eighth in the following campaign.[6] This prompted a move to Valencia CF, as he succeeded Ronald Koeman.[7]


In his first season with the Che, Emery led them to a sixth place-finish, with the subsequent qualification to the UEFA Europa League, in spite of the club's serious financial problems. He led his team to the round-of-32 in the UEFA Cup, a 3–3 aggregate loss against FC Dynamo Kyiv, and the quarter-finals of the domestic cup, exiting against Sevilla FC.

In 2009–10 Emery led Valencia to the third place, with the club returning to the UEFA Champions League after two years. In the season's Europa League the team lost in the quarter-finals to eventual winners Atlético Madrid, on the away goals rule, and exited in the round-of-16 in the Spanish cup against Deportivo de La Coruña, losing 3–4 on aggregate; in May 2010, he renewed his contract for another year.[8]

The 2010–11 season started without David Villa and David Silva, sold to FC Barcelona and Manchester City respectively. Still, Emery managed to win five out of the first six league games (one draw), starting the Champions League campaign with a 4–0 win in Turkey against Bursaspor, a competition in which Valencia was eliminated in the round-of-16 by FC Schalke 04, being ousted in the same stage in the Spanish Cup by Villarreal CF. In the domestic league the team finished third, thus again qualifying to the Champions League.

Emery left the club in June 2012, after repeating the league position.[9]

Spartak Moscow[edit]

On 13 May 2012, Leonid Fedun, owner of Russian team FC Spartak Moscow, announced Emery as club coach for the following two seasons.[10] On 25 November he was sacked after a run of poor results, the last a 1–5 derby home loss against FC Dynamo Moscow.[11]


Emery with Sevilla in 2015

Emery returned to his country on 14 January 2013, replacing sacked Míchel at the helm of Sevilla.[12] He led the club to the fifth position in his first full season and, on 14 May 2014, also won the Europa League after defeating S.L. Benfica on penalties.[13]

After finishing the 2014–15 campaign in fifth place, one point behind former club Valencia, Emery again won the Europa League,[14] thus qualifying for the following Champions League.[15] The victory meant that Sevilla became the most successful club in the history of the UEFA Cup/Europa League, with four trophies,[16] and he signed a one-year contract extension on 5 June 2015 which kept him at the Ramón Sánchez Pizjuán Stadium until 2017, after reported interest from West Ham United and S.S.C. Napoli.[17]

Managerial statistics[edit]

As of 19 February 2015
Team From To Record
G W D L GF GA GD Win %
Lorca Deportiva 1 November 2004 30 June 2006 80 36 22 22 117 78 +39 45.00
Almería 1 July 2006 22 May 2008 84 39 20 25 118 97 +21 46.43
Valencia 22 May 2008 13 May 2012 220 107 58 55 385 262 +123 48.64
Spartak Moscow 13 May 2012 25 November 2012 26 12 4 10 43 41 +2 46.15
Sevilla 14 January 2013 Present 121 65 28 28 236 149 +87 53.72
Total 531 259 132 140 899 627 +272 48.78






Personal life[edit]

Emery's father and grandfather, respectively named Juan and Antonio, were also footballers, both in the goalkeeper position. The former appeared for several clubs in the second tier, whilst the latter competed with Real Unión in the top level;[2][22][23] his uncle, Román, played as a midfielder.[24][25]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "La Real se desmelena" [Real goes crazy] (in Spanish). El Mundo Deportivo. 13 May 1996. Retrieved 25 April 2013. 
  2. ^ a b "Emery asciende al Lorca contra la saga familiar" [Emery promotes Lorca against family saga] (in Spanish). El País. 27 June 2005. Retrieved 10 May 2015. 
  3. ^ "Un éxito del Lorca de Emery" [Success of Emery's Lorca] (in Spanish). Diario Vasco. 18 June 2006. Retrieved 10 May 2015. 
  4. ^ "Unai Emery, ya en Almería" [Unai Emery, in Almería as of now] (PDF) (in Spanish). El Mundo Deportivo. 22 June 2006. Retrieved 11 May 2015. 
  5. ^ "Almería, 27 años después" [Almería, 27 years later] (in Spanish). El País. 20 May 2007. Retrieved 11 May 2015. 
  6. ^ "La juerga del Almería agrava la 'depre' perica" [Almería's party worsens parakeet 'depre'] (in Spanish). Diario AS. 19 May 2008. Retrieved 11 May 2015. 
  7. ^ Emery to take on Valencia challenge; UEFA.com, 22 May 2008
  8. ^ "Unai Emery renueva su contrato con el Valencia" [Unai Emery renews his contract with Valencia] (in Spanish). RTVE. 13 May 2010. Retrieved 11 May 2015. 
  9. ^ "El Valencia se asegura la tercera posición" [Valencia confirms third place] (PDF) (in Spanish). El Mundo Deportivo. 6 May 2012. Retrieved 11 May 2015. 
  10. ^ "Spartak name Emery new coach". FIFA.com. 14 May 2012. Retrieved 14 August 2012. 
  11. ^ "Spartak dismiss Emery after derby defeat". Soccerway. 25 November 2012. Retrieved 25 November 2012. 
  12. ^ Míchel es destituido y deja paso a Emery, que firma hasta Junio de 2014 (Míchel is sacked and makes way for Emery, who signs until June 2014); Sevilla's official website, 14 January 2013 (Spanish)
  13. ^ "Sevilla 0–0 Benfica". BBC Sport. 14 May 2014. Retrieved 15 May 2014. 
  14. ^ a b Keegan, Mike (27 May 2015). "Dnipro 2–3 Sevilla: Carlos Bacca scores twice as La Liga side survive scare to retain Europa League crown and earn Champions League spot with dramatic win in Warsaw". Daily Mail. Retrieved 27 May 2015. 
  15. ^ "Spain to have five clubs in Champions League". UEFA.com. 27 May 2015. Retrieved 27 May 2015. 
  16. ^ "Sevilla out on their own in all-time standings". UEFA.com. 27 May 2015. Retrieved 5 June 2015. 
  17. ^ "Unai Emery rejects West Ham to stay at Sevilla". All Sports News. June 2015. Retrieved 5 June 2015. 
  18. ^ "Spot-on Sevilla leave Benfica dreams in tatters". UEFA.com. 14 May 2014. Retrieved 15 May 2014. 
  19. ^ Emery, protagonista a nivel nacional (Emery, a national protagonist) (Spanish)
  20. ^ Premios BBVA a los mejores de marzo (BBVA Awards for best in March); Liga de Fútbol Profesional, 7 April 2014 (Spanish)
  21. ^ Unai Emery, Liga BBVA manager of the month for January; Liga de Fútbol Profesional, 5 February 2015
  22. ^ "Emery: hijo de portero, padre de entrenador" [Emery: son of a goalkeeper, father of a coach] (in Spanish). La Nueva España. 5 June 2010. Retrieved 11 May 2015. 
  23. ^ "Muere el padre de Unai Emery" [The father of Unai Emery dies] (in Spanish). Marca. 10 May 2015. Retrieved 11 May 2015. 
  24. ^ "La dinastía de los Emery" [Emery dynasty] (in Spanish). El Comercio. 15 November 2008. Retrieved 11 May 2015. 
  25. ^ "Vidas cruzadas en la saga de los Emery" [Crossed paths in Emery saga] (in Spanish). El País. 20 May 2011. Retrieved 11 May 2015. 

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